Pursue change

Pursue change

11 July 2017
‘You will be…complete.’

If you’re serious about changing your life, a well-known leadership expert offers this advice: ‘Don’t just change enough to get away from your problems – change enough to solve them. Don’t just change your circumstances to improve your life – change yourself to improve your circumstances. Don’t do the same old things expecting different results – get different results by doing something new. Don’t see change as something hard that must be done – see it as something helpful that can be done. Don’t avoid paying the immediate price tag of change – if you do you’ll pay the ultimate price of never improving.’ The Bible says, ‘When your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.’ Character building is a slow process; don’t expect it to be easy. When you try to escape life’s difficulties you short-circuit the process, delay your growth, and end up with a worse kind of pain – the useless kind that accompanies denial and avoidance. A letter was once returned to the post office and handwritten on the envelope were these words: ‘He’s dead.’ Due to an oversight the letter was sent again to the same address. This time it was returned with a note that said – ‘He’s still dead!’ Let’s be honest, most of us don’t like change; we do everything in our power to avoid it. We want improvement but we don’t want to pay the price that goes with it. And that’s a problem, because you’ll never become what God intends you to be by remaining what you are. It’s not enough to want change, and be open to it, you must pursue it!